Virginia LaFar graduated from the University of North Carolina, at Chapel Hill, where she studied both French and Communications. After working as an au pair in France, she returned to earn her Master’s Degree in French Teaching from Winthrop University. Virginia has taught French to high school students, as well as English and French to business adults at Berlitz International Language Company. Moreover, she was the Director of the Saturday French School in Charlotte, N.C. for seven years. Active in her community, Virginia serves several organizations. She works with “Fashion & Compassion” helping refugee women who have relocated to Charlotte. This group trains women in crafting handmade jewelry and products. They have a local and global presence, even having an office in Kampala, Uganda. Additionally, she chairs the Advocacy Team of Charlotte’s Chapter of Women of Vision, an affiliate of World Vision. This group lobbies locally and in Washington D.C. for human rights’ legislation. Virginia is a life-long member of Myers Park Presbyterian Church in Charlotte, N.C. where she has served as a church officer, worked on pastoral search committees, chaired Vacation Bible School, taught “chapel” class at the pre-school, organized youth ministry activities, and lead mission trips. Virginia has chaired Myers Park’s collaborative ministry with World Vision in El Salvador for five years. Having traveled to Bududa in February of 2017, she now serves on Myers Park’s Uganda leadership team. She enjoys travel, entertaining, bridge, yoga, and spending time with her husband and two teenagers.